United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Information Notice No. 89-22: Questionable Certification of Fasteners

                                  UNITED STATES
                          NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION
                             WASHINGTON, D.C.  20555

                                  March 3, 1989



All holders of operating licenses or construction permits for nuclear power 


This information notice is being provided to alert addressees to a possible 
problem with the certification of fasteners (bolts, nuts, and studs) furnished
by Hardware Specialty Company, Incorporated (HSC) of Long Island City, New 
York.  It is expected that recipients will review the information for 
applicability to their facilities and consider actions, as appropriate, to 
avoid similar problems.  However, suggestions contained in this information 
notice do not constitute NRC requirements; therefore, no specific action or 
written response is required. 

Description of Circumstances:

During 1981 and 1982, Ebasco Services Incorporated and Louisiana Power and 
Light Company issued purchase orders (POs) to HSC for fasteners for use at 
the Waterford Nuclear Power Plant.  Based on a review of certificates of 
compliance (C of Cs) and certified material test reports (CMTRs), it was 
determined that HSC purchased commercial grade fasteners from intermediary 
suppliers who obtained the material from foreign and domestic suppliers and 
manufacturers.  HSC certified that the material met the requirements of 
Section III of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code without performing 
applicable verification activities or upgrade testing.  Additionally, stain-
less steel fasteners may not have been properly solution annealed as evidenced 
by the fact that tensile properties in test reports are high for heat treated 
material and the Brinell hardness numbers exceed the maximum specified for 
SA-193 B8 Class 1 material.  In addition, Charpy impact tests were not 
performed on fasteners greater than one inch as required by paragraphs NB-2311 
and NC-2311 of ASME Section III, 1977 Edition, Summer 1979 Addenda, which were 
invoked in the pertinent POs.  It should be noted that the POs did not contain 
test temper-atures for conducting the impact tests.  This material was sold to 
the Waterford site in the early 1980s.  The above information was dis-covered 
during an NRC inspection at HSC during the period of February 7-10, 1989.  
Attachment 1 lists organizations known to have approved HSC as a supplier of 
fasteners to ASME Section III or Appendix B to 10 CFR 50 requirements during 
the 1980-1985 time frame.  This list is not all inclusive.  It is important 
for licensees to note that HSC reportedly started supplying fasteners to the 
nuclear industry in 1979, but has been in business since 1932.  

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The NRC inspection at HSC indicates that material supplied by HSC during 1988 
met customer requirements.  A list of HSC nuclear customers in 1988/1989 is
provided in Attachment 2.  The documents for the material supplied between 
1983 and 1987 were not reviewed in sufficient detail to conclude whether 
problems exist with the material provided by HSC during this period.


The NRC inspections at the Waterford site and HSC have brought into question
the validity of C of Cs and CMTRs issued by HSC for the fasteners that they
supplied.  Accordingly, licensees may wish to review procurements from this
vendor to ensure that appropriate bases exist for the use of HSC supplied
material.  Licensees and other purchasers may wish also to review the adequacy
of audits performed on vendors and vendor approval processes in light of this
information.  (See also IN No. 88-35, "Inadequate Licensee Performed Vendor

In addition, it is important for licensees to note that Section III of the ASME 
Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code requires that, when working with material sup-
pliers and manufacturers that are not Quality System Certificate (QSC) Holders, 
the only parties permitted to survey, approve, and order Section III material 
from them are QSC and N-type certificate holders.

No specific action or written response is required by this information notice.  
If you have any questions about this matter, please contact the technical 
contact listed below or the Regional Administrator of the appropriate regional 

                                   Charles E. Rossi, Director
                                   Division of Operational Events Assessment
                                   Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation
Technical Contact:  Ray Cilimberg, NRR
                    (301) 492-3220

1.  List of Organizations that Approved Hardware Specialty Company
2.  List of Hardware Specialty Company Nuclear Customers in 1988/1989
3.  List of Recently Issued NRC Information Notices
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UTILITIES/VENDORS                                 AUDIT APPROVAL DATE

Niagara Mohawk                                    1985
Maine Yankee                                      1985
Virginia Power                                    Pre 9/1980
Louisiana Power and Light                         1981
Ebasco                                            1981
Alabama Power                                     1981
Hayward Tyler                                     10/15/80
Jamesbury Valve                                   Pre 9/1980
Ryerson Steel                                     Pre 9/1980
Baltimore Gas and Electric                        11/13/80
Texas Utilities                                   05/20/81
Morrison Knudson                                  11/10/81
Indiana and Michigan Electric Company             05/19/81
Pennsylvania Power and Light                      12/15/81
American Electric Power                           1981
Rockwell                                          1980
Continental Power (Marble Hill)                   1981
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Arizona Power
Bechtel - Limerick
Bechtel - South Texas
Boston Edison
Carolina Power & Light
Consolidated Edison
Georgia Power
General Public Utilities
Gulf States
Long Island Lighting
New York Power Authority
Niagara Mohawk
Philadelphia Electric
Stone & Webster
Sulzer Pump
Virginia Power
Yankee Atomic

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                             LIST OF RECENTLY ISSUED
                             NRC INFORMATION NOTICES
Information                                  Date of 
Notice No._____Subject_______________________Issuance_______Issued to________

89-21          Changes in Performance        2/27/89        All holders of OLs
               Characteristics of Molded-                   or CPs for nuclear
               Case Circuit Breakers                        power reactors.

88-73,         Direction-Dependent Leak      2/27/89        All holders of OLs
Supplement 1   Characteristics of Contain-                  or CPs for nuclear
               ment Purge Valves                            power reactors.

89-20          Weld Failures in a Pump       2/24/89        All holders of OLs
               of Byron-Jackson Design                      or CPs for nuclear
                                                            power reactors.

89-19          Health Physics Network        2/23/89        All holders of OLs
                                                            or CPs for nuclear
                                                            power reactors, and
                                                            the following fuel
                                                            Nuclear Fuel 
                                                            Services of Erwin, 
                                                            General Atomic, UNC
                                                            Montville, B&W LRC
                                                            Lynchburg, and B&W

89-18          Criminal Prosecution of       2/22/89        All holders of OLs
               Wrongdoing Committed by                      or CPs for nuclear
               Suppliers of Nuclear                         power reactors.
               Products or Services

89-17          Contamination and Degra-      2/22/89        All holders of OLs
               dation of Safety-Related                     or CPs for nuclear
               Battery Cells                                power reactors.

89-16          Excessive Voltage Drop        2/16/89        All holders of OLs
               in dc Systems                                or CPs for nuclear
                                                            power reactors.

89-15          Second Reactor Coolant Pump   2/16/89        All holders of OLs
               Shaft Failure at Crystal                     or CPs for nuclear
               River                                        power reactors.

OL = Operating License
CP = Construction Permit 
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